Walked into the yard today to have eight or nine dragonflies take flight around me.  It was a pretty amazing moment.  I quickly (smoothly, and quietly – so as not to alarm them any further) handed my husband my purse and asked him to bring me my camera.  Thankfully he grabbed it for me as I knew if I had to run into the house myself for it, and then come back out, that they’d likely all be gone when I returned.  Two of them stayed near by, and I was able to shoot them from just inches away.  It was pretty awesome… and as much as I would have liked to have shared the moment, I was thankful to be outside by myself with them.  Just me, the dragonflies, and my camera.  🙂

I’m still going through an indecisive period with my photography.  Normally I can glance through my shots and pick a favourite with ease…  but again today.  Just couldn’t choose.  So here are four that I really liked.  Hope you’ll give me your preference.  I really do love hearing from all of you.

Dragonfly - shot one

Dragonfly - shot two

Dragonfly - shot three

Dragonfly - shot four

So…  which is your pick for photo of the day?

About Tobi-Dawne

Tobi-Dawne Smith is many things to many people... photographer, canine behaviour expert, equal rights activist, green politician, lactivist, intactivist, writer, crafter, dog handler, third wave feminist, etc. But most important in her life is her role as mother to an amazing five year old. Learn more about TD at http://www.tobi-dawne.com/ follow her blog at https://td365.wordpress.com/ get to know her daughter at http://lilyannslemonade.wordpress.com/ or check out her work at http://tdphotography.me/

Posted on September 4, 2010, in Nikon D70, Our World and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. I agree … #2… #1 is good too, but the branch behind the wing is distracting

  2. Shot four. It has the most accurate depth of field, and shows some really nice wing detail.

  3. I LOVE #1. I’ve never seen a dragonfly up that close, and those eyes are amazing!

  4. Thanks everyone. 🙂
    There are definitely things I like about each shot, and each puts a different part of the dragonfly in focus. It really was a great experience being out there, so close to them… and I’m thrilled that I was able to capture part of it.

  5. How amazing they are! I saw several flying around in the backyard today–zig zagging around-like crazy!-I watched in awe! At first I thought they were hummingbirds!Until I focused -then knew better! Then found this site!
    Great pics! I never saw one land!

    • Thank you. 🙂 And yes, all three of us adore dragonflies. They really are amazing. And having a whole flock of them take off around you like that really is one of those rare double rainbow type moments.

  6. Oh! I like #3!

  7. I definitely think #1 or #4. Both have the wings very nicely contrasted & you can see the eyes of the dragon-fly. in #1, it actually seems to be posing for you! lol. very nice pictures, btw. good lighting & coloring.

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